The Saint Mary’s Huskies are set to hit the field with a much more settled outlook than they had a year ago.
When the two-time defending Atlantic University Sport football champions open training camp on Saturday at Huskies Stadium, the will-he-or-won’t-he saga of national player of the year Erik Glavic will officially be in the past.
Glavic, who has since transferred to Blake Nill’s Calgary Dinos, spent last season trying to recover from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He only played one quarter but his potential return cast a cloud of uncertainty over the team.
“Since all those things were put to rest, it’s really put a calmness over the team,” said Huskies head coach Steve Sumarah. “The team seems very settled in the direction it’s going and they’re all excited about the direction it’s going.
“Yeah, I think they’re ready to roll.”
The Huskies went 7-1 last season but — with rookie quarterback Jack Creighton thrust into the starting role — lost in the national semifinals to the Western Ontario Mustangs.
Creighton is back and the Huskies aim to find more balance with him at the helm. A rushing attack that put up almost 280 yards per game -- No. 1 in the nation by far -- has also added highly-touted rookie back Tristan Jones.
Receiver Carl Hardwick and slotback Jameek Murray should figure prominently into the passing attack.
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